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ALBANY — A Gansevoort man who authorities say used his position with the state Department of Transportation to steal nearly $9,700 worth of equipment and services from a construction company for his own personal use has agreed to pay restitution and has resigned.

Jerome Lauzon, 42, pleaded guilty in Albany City Court Wednesday to a count of official misconduct. Lauzon was accused of receiving a laptop computer, snowblower, lawnmower, car repair work, pressure washer and paint sprayer that were paid for by the state as part of a road construction project in Washington County.

Lauzon had been accused of falsifying records to make it appear that the purchases were legitimate expenses for the project instead of for his personal use. All of the items were delivered to and remained at his home and were not part of the project, officials said.

Lauzon also had been charged with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and falsifying business records, but pleaded guilty to the official misconduct charge to resolve the matter. He resigned his position, must pay $6,692.64 in restitution and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, according to a news release from the state Inspector General’s Office.

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